Makerere tightens security at Campus, Eastern & Western gates closed

Makerere University Vice Chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe (Photo/File)

KAMPALA, UGANDA: Makerere University has announced new security measures around the campus as a proactive reaction to the new scare of bomb attacks and explosions around the country.

The enforcement at Uganda’s oldest University comes days after a bomb explosion in Komamboga at Digida pork joint; killed one and injuring several others while another explosion aboard Swift Safaris Bus on Monday evening claimed two at Lungala-Mpigi along Kampala – Masaka road.

The University management in reaction to the terror scare has today issued new tough guidelines to mitigate the risk of being a possible next target some of which include a mandatory thorough inspection upon entry to the university.

The University Vice Chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe in a memo released this morning affirmed the new security measures and confirmed that the entry to the University shall be limited to only the Main Gate opposite Ham Towers, with the auxiliary gates; the Eastern and Western gates closed for now.

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“Please note that for security reasons, the Eastern and Western gates will be closed till further notice,” Prof Nawangwe announced.

“Due to the recent acts of terrorism in Kampala, security at Makerere University has been reinforced. This will include inspection of vehicles entering Makerere. This is to request all members of the Makerere University Community to cooperate with the security personnel. Please be vigilant and report any suspicious persons or movements to the security personnel. Security begins with me and you,” he added.

Makerere University community is one of the most populated amongst higher education institutions thus a potential target for the terror attacks that prey on large numbers. The number of people at Makerere hill has spiked in recent days as reopening edges in, prompting the administration to act before any tragedy.

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